Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Based on:  Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières‘s comic Valérian and Laureline
Cast: Dane DeHaanCara DelevingneClive OwenRihannaEthan HawkeHerbie HancockKris WuSam SpruellAlain ChabatRutger HauerPeter HudsonXavier GiannoliLouis LeterrierEric RochantBenoît JacquotOlivier MegatonElizabeth DebickiMathieu KassovitzJohn Goodman
Seen on: 31.7.2017

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Care Delevingne) are operatives, charged with maintaining peace across the universe. A new mission brings them into possession of a converter, the last creature of its kind. But they can’t expect to be the only ones who want that converter. Their mission brings them to Alpha, a city made for all kinds of species that harbors a secret in its heart.

The fact that this film thought that it would be the right move to take the comic Valerian and Laureline and transform it into Valerian alone, is already pretty indicative of the decision making in the entire film: it might look cool at first glance, but it’s short-sighted, stupid and offensive.

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Now You See Me (2013)

Now You See Me
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writer: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Michael Kelly, Common

Daniel (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt (Woody Harrelson), Henley (Isla Fisher) and Jack (Dave Franco) are talented magicians who get a mysterious invitation including instructions to form a magic troupe and pull off certain acts. Among those acts is a bank heist that skeptic Detective Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol agent Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent) have to investigate. But things are getting weirder and weirder.

Now You See Me is not a particularly smart or mind-blowing film, even though it tries very hard to be. But it is a movie that is fun and entertaining.


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Clash of the Titans (2010)

Clash of the Titans is the newest movie by Louis Leterrier, starring Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.

Perseus (Sam Worthington) is found as a baby, sharing a casket with his mother’s body that’s floating at sea. A fisherman takes him in. About 20 years later, Perseus witnesses soldiers destroying a statue of Zeus (Liam Neeson) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes) coming from the underworld to punish them. But Hades not only kills the soldiers, but also Perseus’ family.
So, Perseus swears revenge and sets out to win the war between the gods and the men.

Clash of the Titans is great. I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s a very bad movie but it’s the “so bad it’s good” kind. It’s epic crap – and it is amazingly entertaining for it. [I’ve seen it for a second time already – definitely a guilty pleasure movie for me.]

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Green Action

Deadra and me went to the movies and watched The Incredible Hulk. Before I plunge into my point of view on the movie, let me say this: I’m not a Marvel girl. I don’t know much of the Marvel universe. And I’m not much of a Hulk fan, either. I watched the last Hulk because of Ang Lee, I watched this one because of Edward Norton and Tim Roth.

Deadra, on the other hand, is a Marvel girl (and doesn’t understand my obsession with Batman and Superman) and the film did for her, what it couldn’t achieve for me: One fan girl orgasm after the other. [NICK FURY!!! POSSIBLY DR. STRANGE!!! IRON MAN!!!] [Okay, I enjoyed Robert Downey Jr.‘s appearance as well.]

Apparantly, meaning imdb says, (almost) all the small hints to the Marvel universe (which were really nice as far as I got them) were Edward Norton’s idea, who worked on the script (talented bastard…).

Oh, Sweetie...

Oh, Sweetie…

Not so sweet

Not so sweet

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Good News (if it’s true…)

One of my favourite comics of all time is Blacksad. It’s about antropomorphised animals in noir detective stories. John Blacksad is the main character, a black tomcat and private investigator.

Unfortunately, there’s only three books so far (the last was published in 2005, so my hopes are rather low for it being continued).

So, imagine my surprise when I read today (although the news is older) that there’s probably a movie, directed by Louis Leterrier. I’m delighted! And after watching The Incredible Hulk yesterday, terrified! I hope, he directs that one better. If it’s being made. [Review of the Hulk follows tomorrow.]

Keep your fingers crossed for me!